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Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Certificate of Excellence
Dunedin, New Zealand
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231 reviews
98 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“Just excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013 via mobile

Very warm welcome at the reception, and the place itself is very well located, facilities are modern, clean and complete. Prices are good and I really loved the spa, which is so far the best I have been in in any top 10 in NZ

  • Stayed September 2013
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Great views of the snow capped mountains of the Southern Alps, accommodation was comfortable with the basic facilities. Great food in this small seaside town. Awesome fresh seafood. Be sure to take a short drive out to the point where if you are lucky there might be a little stall selling fresh Seafood Chowder - YUMMO. I was in heaven. continue to the end of the road where there is a Seal Colony, Take some photos but Respect them and son't try and get too close. I love this place and the good thing is its only 2 hours from Christchurch on Highway (1)

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank Norman H
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Dublin, Ireland
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53 reviews
15 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2013

Staff friendly, facilities clean, value good ( nz$40 for 2 of us and our camper on a powered site.
Great.

But , could I say to the decision makers of Top 10, the idea of charging for Wifi in 2013 just leaves a bad tast in your mouth. "Smart" devices have become an essential part of the travelers kit and it is such an irritation to do all this password and login stuff that it is bordering on the Stone Age to put people through it...and for only nz$5 per day... Then it doesn't connect, you're wasting valuable time logging in, you've taken a photo on your iPhone and want to Cloud it to your iPad and send it as an email to friends back home....and the Internet people won't let you use your iPhone because you're already using your iPad on the password theyve given you....more time wasted....

You know the goodwill a restaurant gets when they top up your coffee free of charge after you've bought the first one?...well Top 10 should give their Wifi free to all guests and if necessary build in whatever the basic cost of providing this service is, into the general site charge.

To charge for Internet access in this techno age is SMALL.... and it is archaic, and leaves a bad taste in the mouth..

Apart from this gripe of mine ( which, mind you, is not reserved just for the directors of Top 10 Goliday Parks) everything was just fine. Thanks!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank BHayes1
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New Delhi, India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2013

After our experience at the Top 10 in Motueka we had some pretty high expectations of the property at Kaikoura. And we weren't disappointed. The location is magnificent since it is within the shadow of a range of mountains that were snowcapped at this time of year. They are located literally a stone's throw from the Whale Watchers office and there is no way that you can leave Kaikoura without a glimpse of the majestic sperm whale. The accommodation is well up to the Top 10 Holiday Park standard and the helpfulness, delightfully laconic humor and general warmth of the couple who run it makes it a delightful place to stay. Proximity to the main street and lots of helpful advice on where to go to eat makes everything that much easier. Next trip to New Zealand will definitely ensure we continue to stay at Top 10 Holiday Parks. Make sure that you opt for the club card - you not only get discounts on stay but also on major excursions and rides. We covered the price of ours easily across the stays in the three Top 10 properties and our Whale Watchers excursion.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Rupin63
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Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews
41 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2013

This park has unbelievable views of the snow capped mountains, right behind you.
Accommodation,is in main street, can be a little noisey at night, but bearable.Rooms are small , basic but good value for the price.
Kaikoura has great eating places, with fantastic seafood.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank WAZZA28
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2013

We stayed in the beach front house which is offsite from the main holiday park. The house was built in 1915 and has been restored to an excellent standard. The house is on the esplanade right across from the beach. The house is well equiped and sleeps 6 comfortably both in space and qaulity of the beds. We really enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommed it.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled with family
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1 Thank Andre C
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KaikouraTOP10, General Manager at Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, 28 July 2013
Hi there Andre,
Thank you for your review on our off-site beachfront villa - we agree it is a real gem and we appreciate the feedback, it's wonderful to hear our guests have a lovely stay. I see you're from Christchurch so we hope you'll come and stay again soon. Thanks.
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Ashhurst, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and we had a room right next to the main road, you wouldn't know it though the room was so lovely and quiet. Nice people with helpful recommendations about the seals, restaurants etc. Such a handy locations and would definately stay again, I just hoped the spa would have been going since it was pretty cold in kaikoura that would have been the icing on the cake, maybe next time, we will be back.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank nathanlori
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KaikouraTOP10, General Manager at Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park, responded to this review, 28 July 2013
Hi nathanlori,

Thanks very much for the feedback - I'm really pleased to hear that you were happy with both the quality of the room and also the location. That's great and sounds like you made the most of your time in our town :) Yes, we agree about the spa - we recently replaced our spa with a brand new one and have had some teething problems which are now fixed. We apologise that it was out of order during your stay. Thanks again for your review.
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Additional Information about Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park

Property: Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park
Address: 34 Beach Road, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Canterbury Region > Kaikoura
Amenities:
Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 20 Hotels in Kaikoura
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:5 star — Kaikoura Top 10 Holiday Park 5*
Number of rooms: 20
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
While visiting Kaikoura come and stay at our centrally located, award-winning Holiday Park and Motel. Just 300 metres from the town centre we are the perfect base whilst exploring Kaikoura, head out on foot to local tours, shops, restaurants and cafes. Kaikoura TOP 10 Holiday Park offers a range of quality, affordable accommodation options to suit everyone and every budget. In addition, we offer motel accommodation with a difference - relax and unwind in park surroundings with a welcoming atmosphere of open spaces, landscaped grounds and stunning mountain vistas while still enjoying the benefits of quality, comfortable motel units. . Choose from our 4-star Qualmark rated motels or our cabins or for those travelling in motorhomes we also offer sites in our 5-star Qualmark rated Holiday Park.We pride ourselves on being able to offer some of the best motel accommodation options and service in Kaikoura. Not only do we offer quality and comfort in a park-like setting but we also have excellent, modern facilities that you won’t find anywhere else in Kaikoura. Along with Wi-Fi and SKY Guest Select 50+ channels in every motel and freeview in cabins, we also have fantastic family facilities including an adventure playground with the popular jumping pillow, heated outdoor pool, private hot tub, games room, TV lounge and fun bikes for hire. With so much on offer it’s a wonderful chance for you to enjoy your holiday your way. ... more   less 
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